Job Vacancy

Building Safety Officer

Tunbridge Wells

About the role

Role Summary

To support the Building Safety & Compliance Team Leader in delivering a technical service to internal and external stakeholders. Which includes improving and updating the delivery of building safety services keeping pace with changes in legislation and the sector and ensuring TCH is pro-active and innovative. And to assist in the compilation of building safety cases and other reports relating to maintaining safety and to assist in creating and championing a culture of safety.

Salary:

£28,961

Hours of Work:

35

Contract:

Permanent

Probation Period:

6 months

Notice Period:

1 month

Who are we?

Town and Country Housing are a housing association that covers Kent and Sussex, with our head office in Tunbridge Wells. We provide more than 10,000 homes in 15 local authority areas and became a subsidiary of the Peabody Group in 2019. We currently have over 300 employees based at various locations across Kent and promote hybrid working.

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Meet your Manager

"My position is focussed on technical support and contract management across the business. My aim is to build a team successfully in my current area and deliver an excellent service to our residents. My strengths lie within domestic gas and contractor management with knowledge gained working for a mix of Housing Associations and Local authorities for the last 13 years."

Graham Ward - Building Safety Team Leader (Technical)

Graham

What will you be doing?

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • These activities predominantly relate to building safety and compliance workstreams but aren’t limited to these.
  • Undertake quality inspections of building safety and compliance works to ensure jobs are carried out to the standard required across all TCH stock.
  • Interpret findings from technical surveys across a range of contracts and take appropriate action.
  • Work closely with the contractors to ensure all properties are 100% compliant each month on all fire safety and services contracts i.e., fire risk assessments, emergency lighting, fire alarms and communal smoke detection.
  • Actively participate in contractor meetings, challenging underperformance using your technical knowledge and your knowledge of the contract.
  • Take ownership on resolving health and safety concerns raised by staff, residents, contractors, or other third parties, seeing the resolution through to conclusion and ensuring ‘near misses’ or ‘lessons learned’ are fed back and embedded to improve our services.
  • Actively work towards achieving value for money on all contracts by ensuring programmes deliver works efficiently and within budget; collaborating with planned and cyclical maintenance teams at every opportunity.
  • Actively work towards delivering service improvements by challenging average performance, listening and acting on resident feedback and learning from sector peers.
  • Ensure record keeping and reporting is accurate and fully reflective of performance. Work towards improving and updating the methods for doing this.
  • Raise purchase orders for building safety contracts.
  • Respond to complaints relating to building safety.
  • Provide overall administration support for all building safety contracts.

General

  • Contribute to our digital strategy by supporting digital engagement with our customers where relevant and promoting every opportunity to become digitally included.
  • This role will require an individual to travel to various sites across our housing stock and a full driving licence and access to a car will be necessary.
  • Be an effective member of your team, always presenting a positive impression of your department and of Town & Country Housing.
  • To actively contribute towards achieving our performance targets.
  • To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
  • To take responsibility for your own development and professionalism, ensuring that you keep up to date with new developments and continuously expand and build on your knowledge.
  • Attend and participate in training and other meetings and staff events as required.
  • To adhere to our equal opportunities policy and to actively promote equality of opportunity wherever possible.
  • Recognise, respect and promote the different roles and diversity of individuals.
  • Work in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and ensure you complete training on data protection regularly.
  • This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required. It is not comprehensive, and it is expected that other duties will be undertaken as this role develops and as may be reasonably expected.

About You

Education & Qualifications

  • Technical qualifications in any compliance and/or construction discipline (Desirable).
  • Experience of contract management (Desirable).

Key Skills & Competencies

  • Technical knowledge.
  • Resident focussed.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • A collaborative approach.
  • Good decision making skills.
  • Good planning and prioritisation skills.
  • Understands the financial implications of individual actions and day-to-day activities on the business.
  • Undertaking quality inspections as part of building safety and compliance services.
  • Management of contractors to achieve performance targets.
  • Promoting health, safety and well-being in construction.
  • Production of KPIs relating to safety.
  • Compiling data relating to compliance.
  • Engagement with residents and proven customer service skills.

Behaviours

  • Proven experience and ability to deliver excellent customer care.
  • Previous experience within social housing in a similar role.
  • Building trade background an advantage.
  • Experience of report writing and presenting.
  • Experience of a health and safety compliance environment.

Why Choose Us

  • Contributory pension scheme 4% to 10% matched contributions
  • Hybrid working
  • Free onsite car parking
  • Life assurance of 4x annual salary (Terms and Conditions apply)
  • 30 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
  • Two volunteer days per year
  • Employee assistance programme (24/7 telephone advice, information portal & face to face counselling sessions)
  • Corporate eye care scheme providing free eye tests and free VDU glasses or contribution towards VDU glasses
  • Extensive annual Staff Wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave provision
  • Flexible annual benefits (for dental, healthcare, shopping vouchers, technology etc.)
  • Annual flu vaccinations
  • Access to an extensive range of corporate discounts on shopping, travel & days out
  • Social events, including lunchtime walking, rounders, festive Fridays
  • Travel loan

Our Values

Our culture is about the shared values, beliefs and behaviours that determine how we do things, then the ways and systems of working that help to get those things done.

Our new values, principles and behaviours will put customers at the heart and provide the foundation for the culture of the new organisation. Only by delivering a cohesive and customer-focused culture will we be able to achieve our purpose and priorites.

We have taken an inclusive and collaborative approach to developing the following values, working together with colleagues, customers and the Board:

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Equal Opportunities Statement

TCH is an equal opportunities employer committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity or paternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, or caring responsibilities.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join TCH.

We are recognised as a ‘Disability Confident Committed Employer’. As part of this commitment, individuals who disclose at application stage that they have a disability, will be invited to interview provided they demonstrate that they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Candidates will be asked if they require any support or reasonable adjustments to enable them to fully participate in the recruitment process.

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Internal Applications

Please send a letter clearly demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the criteria contained on the job description and person specification to the HR inbox.

External Applications

Please complete our online application form by clicking the Apply button below. We reserve the right to bring the closing date forward, so we strongly encourage early applications.

Please note: As an employer, Town & Country Housing does not provide sponsorship as a licensed UK employer.

Key dates

Applications Close:

Monday, 15 April 2024

Interview Date:

Thursday, 18 April 2024